Friday, 1 March 2013

A typical day with Market Dojo - by Antoine Boton

 Our intern Antoine Boton sums up his experience on his 6 week internship with Market Dojo.  Here is an outline of his typical day's work with us:

Before arriving at the Market Dojo premises, which is actually based in a three-storey house, I would have never expected that these 3 guys were running a successful business and have employees across the UK and even overseas.  And believe me, they know what they are doing.  Here is a typical day during my internship at Market Dojo:

9:30am (add few minutes depending on the night before) – arrive at the office (thank God the office door is different to the others otherwise we would have knocked at the wrong place).  A tall man (Nick), holding a cup of tea (more accurately a giant mug), opens the door.

10am – Well settled in the office upstairs, Nick and Alun are already on the phone talking to customers, prospects or associates.  The “hey pal” and “cheers mate” are gushing out.

10:30am – Time for tea, probably their third of the day.  I am actually starting to enjoy this beverage, it slips down pretty easily.

11am – I promote one of the articles that I wrote; there is big competition internally on the number of views we can get.  The intern who gets the most views by the end of their internship gets a nice reward.   We eagerly wait to see what that is.

12pm – I do some translations (and correct the current ones from the previous intern Hadrien – honestly…!) and assemble a few trophies (at the second attempt) for our customers for completing their first e-auctions.

12:45pm – Starvation

1pm – Time to eat.  Nick and Alun go the grocery store down the road to get the ingredients.  We take turns to cook (I only cut the cheese, that’s my thing). On the menu: either sandwiches, pastas, burgers, and did I mention sandwiches?  Of course, none of these meals are eaten without chili, in great measure.

1:30pm – We take the advantage to watch the news or the fights in the Jeremy Kyle Show when we eat.

2pm – Back to work; some Software Engine Optimization and there is already some shopping to do. Bubble wrap, printing papers, I turn into a real errand boy.  The change is in a jar: I haven’t seen so many coins in a pot. There must be 100 pounds in it and it weighs the same amount!

2:30pm – I make my debut in software testing and successfully crash the test server of new products several times.  Apparently that is a good thing?

3pm – My turn to make the tea, I have perfected my tea-skills since my arrival (including walking up the stairs with 3 cups!!). 


3:15pm – Ordering some marketing materials to make Market Dojo known all over the world: cube-shaped stress balls, branded post-it notes and even some lovely red ties with the logo on it.

4pm – The end of the day approaching, we must keep our heads focused, hard thing to do with the yellow stress ball which incessantly flies across the room.

5pm – End of the day’s work.  We send our daily report and head home to impatiently wait for another day at Market Dojo.

I have worked here for over a month now and the time has passed very quickly.  The term of my internship is coming to an end and I can honestly say that I have had a great time (“I’m having” actually) and learned a lot during my time here surrounded by a fantastic team.


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